How to Use a Humidifier for Allergy Relief?

If you are highly susceptible to allergic reactions from the tiny substances present in the atmosphere then it is time for you to think about using a Humidifier therapy. Sometimes harmless substances like pollen and dust can also irritate and aggravate your immune system making your body encounter troublesome allergic reactions. The minute particles are all around the environment so you cannot control their existence but what you can do is control their movement in dry air from one place to another so that you could stay away from them and eventually manage your allergies. Dry air not only helps pollen travel around easily but is also responsible for drying out the mucus in your nasal passage leading to respiratory issues. Also as the mucus is actually responsible for restricting the flow of harmful particles and micro-organisms into your body, you could become more prone to bacterial and viral infections. Along with breathing issues, dry air also leads to skin infections like rashes and eczema, sinus infections, dry throat, etc.

How does a humidifier help?

To protect your body from coming in contact with the allergens as well as to safeguard yourself from the effects of dry air, it is recommended to adopt humidifier therapy. A humidifier is actually a device that is used to humidify or raise the relative humidity levels in the atmosphere. It uses a water tank, a wick filter to absorb the water and a fan to disperse the mist in the air. This increases the moisture in the surroundings and also makes the tiny particles causing your allergic reactions heavy eventually making them settle down and restricting their free flow in the air.

Some things that you should be aware of before using a humidifier are mentioned below:

  1. Humidity levels: Is a humidifier good for allergies? Definitely yes, but a humidifier is good for allergies only till the time the humidity levels are maintained within the ideal range of 30% to 50%. If the humidity levels rise to more than 50%, then it may lead to growth of mold and health issues related to mold. So consider buying a hygrometer separately or a humidifier with such a feature to maintain the humidity levels in the atmosphere.
  2. Maintenance: Just like any other electronic device, a humidifier also needs to be cleaned and maintained very frequently. This may include, cleaning the wick filter and tank or replacing the ultraviolet bulbs used or changing the demineralization filters, etc.
  3. Type of Humidifier: There are 3 different types of humidifiers: cool mist, warm mist and warm-cool mist humidifiers. They hold their own added benefits and consequences like in a warm mist humidifier, the operational costs are high and the electricity consumption is more. They also hold the risk of burning if in direct contact with warm mist while cool mist humidifiers are a little noisy. AS the name suggests, warm mist humidifier can help in maintaining a warmer atmosphere while cool mist humidifiers can help in maintaining a cooler atmosphere. So as per your requirement and keeping into consideration the pros and cons of the different types of humidifiers available in the market, you should make sure to purchase one that suits your necessities the most.